Livebase at the VSIX annual congress

ImageToday we’ll be in Padua, at the VSIX annual convention. The VSIX is the Neutral Access Point (NAP) of North-East Italy, promoting the usage of the Internet and of cloud services in the region. We’ll be at the convention with ICOA, one of the System Integrators we are partnering with, to deliver ad-hoc, agile solutions based on our Livebase cloud platform. We will have a small demo area, so come visit us. The convention is held at the NH Hotel Mantegna, via N, Tommaseo 61, Padua.

VentureBeat on cloud-based software development

cloud-developer-tools

There is little doubt that we are at the beginning of an industrial revolution, where software development (and even some “hardware” development, if you consider the quick growth of “makers” and 3D printing technologies) is going to be more and more accessible to people who do not have a professional expertise in the field.

VentureBeat recently posted a very interesting article on cloud-based application development tools. We are not (yet) listed as one of the top 10 worldwide, but one thing is sure: the industry is growing fast, and platforms like Livebase  really have a huge potential.

Fhoster @ Filarete e-health event (Milan, Nov 20th)

ImageWith 60 hospitals involved, over 11.000 patients tracked and 10+ years of data on each patient (blood/urine analysis, vital parameters, genetic markers, therapies, life style, environmental factors, etc.) Livebase is getting, year after year, a reference platform for cloud-based clinical research.

On November 20th, in Milan, we’ll present our recent achievements and future perspectives at the Filarete Healthy Startups Week. We’ll also talk about a major study on HIV run on Livebase by ICONA Foundation since 2011, and a clinical trial on a special combination of drugs run by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

Fondazione Filarete promotes and integrates itself with a network of companies, researchers and institutions operating in the fields of life sciences and health in order to support the innovation processes of SMEs through value-added services and technology and knowledge transfer.

“App-Dev” Platform as a Service (aPaaS) vastly underestimated

A very interesting article from .

“History is full of vastly underestimated technologies that unexpectedly transformed industries. [...] Is it possible that platform-as-a-service is one of those underestimated technologies? It’s more than possible – it’s probable, and here are a few good reasons why”.

 

Fhoster on-stage at the Digital Heritage Int. Congress

Dig-HerChiara Feriotto, from the University of Ferrara, will present an information system developed with our Livebase platform at the Digital Heritage International Congress 2013 (Oct 28 – Nov 01, Marseille). The system is the result of a collaboration between Fhoster and TekneHub (one of the four Laboratories of the Tecnopole of Ferrara), which also involved Michela Biancardi, Ursula Thun Hohenstein and Marzia Breda.

The problem

In Italy, the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD) rules the cataloguing of the rich and articulated Italian Cultural Heritage through a complex system of shared methodology and formats.

ICCD established different catalogue datasheets for each typology of Cultural Good, providing also detailed instructions to fill them. However, the computer assisted process necessary to the management of these complex datasheets (in some cases up to nearly 500 fields) is inadequate.

TekneHub carried out a survey to analyse problems and needs through all the steps of the cataloging activity, thus drawing a precise picture of the issues to be addressed. As a result of this study, Fhoster has been selected as the reference technological partner to start a pilot project trying to address the issues.

The solution

The unique model-driven approach of the Livebase platform allowed Fhoster and TekneHub to quickly test many alternative designs to match the ICCD datasheet chosen as a test (Naturalistic Palaeontological Goods – form BNP 3.01), and to implement specific functions to facilitate the cataloguing activity.

As a test bed, the Geological Museum “Capellini” offered all the paper entry catalogue of its collection of fossil fish from the Middle Eocene of Bolca (Vicenza, Italy). The application interface has been shaped taking into account consistency and intuitiveness.

In conclusion

The application created on the Livebase platform strongly improves the efficiency of the cataloguing activity and, at the same time, allows a quick and effective query of the catalogue through basic and advanced filters, and it’s still compliant with the complex Italian cataloguing standards.

Some diagrams from the model

Dati intrinseci

Dati intrinseci

Dati gestionali

Dati gestionali

Allegati

Allegati

Agility for differentiation

Cloudcomputing

 

An interesting white paper from Bloomberg Businessweek Research highlights the importance of agility in , in order to achieve  competitive differentiation.

In fact, approaching cloud-based development with the same process used for desktop based development (i.e. the traditional “code – compile – test – debug – deploy” cycle) does not really fit the need for speed and agility that cloud-computing is supposed to deliver.

Organizations are finding that a cloud-based platform for agile software development provides the speed and  flexibility they need to respond to opportunities and market changes. But this will not happen overnight. To support cloud adoption, enterprise cloud development (ECD) platforms can provide a secure path for managing development and deployment in a hybrid cloud environment.

Livebase unique “pure model-driven” approach, combined with the flexibility to deploy virtually anywhere in the cloud (or at the customer’s premises) brings agility to the next level, allowing developers to create, deliver and maintain complex database solutions up to 10 times faster than coding, and to reuse/integrate them across the enterprise.

Do you have a background in data-modeling or database design? Try the Livebase platform today, and experience the power of conceptual data modeling in the cloud.

 

Antonio Leonforte, CEO di Fhoster, è relatore al convegno organizzato da Business International “Best Practice nel Cloud 2013″

Antonio Leonforte presenta gli innovativi servizi cloud basati sulla piattaforma realizzata da Fhoster e denominata Livebase – Business Agility Platform per consolidare centralmente, gestire in sicurezza e condividere facilmente tutti i dati aziendali che sono normalmente dispersi su documenti e fogli elettronici, scorrelati, e fuori dal controllo dei responsabili IT.
La flessibilità dei fogli elettronici induce infatti i dipendenti delle aziende a usare questi programmi come soluzione pratica e veloce per gestire in modo autonomo (senza il coinvolgimento dell’IT) alcune attività che non rientrano nei processi standard o legati al core-business.
Con il tempo, tutto ciò si traduce quasi sempre in un’evoluzione senza controllo di questi database, che possono diventare costosi da manutenere, rischiosi sul fronte dell’integrità e della riservatezza dei dati, e difficili da mettere in relazione tra loro per estrarre informazioni aggregate realmente utili all’azienda.
Livebase risolve efficacemente questo problema consentendo di soddisfare in modo rapido e coordinato le esigenze di consolidamento e gestione dei dati e, al tempo stesso, di assicurare un allineamento con i sistemi centrali, una estrema agilità nella manutenzione evolutiva e un costante rispetto della governance IT.
Livebase è disponibile a servizio e consente di configurare in pochi giorni soluzioni complete e “chiavi in mano” (con eventuale censimento, pulizia, consolidamento e migrazione dati dispersi in azienda) già pronte per la produzione, anche su infrastruttura dell’azienda o di terze parti, senza alcun investimento iniziale e con la garanzia di un supporto continuo.

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